My Chopsticks Collection…

My Chopsticks Collection…

I am a Filipina. My mom has Spanish blood while my papa hailed from his Chinese ancestors. This is why I wonder why I have this undying fascination for chopsticks.

I have a high regard to the Japanese. I admire their simple and chic manner of designing their homes. The crisp cleanliness of interiors to inhabit in a daily basis. I kept wondering if they really maintain the cleanliness in actual daily living. I love their gardens too. So serene it brings me closer to God. Truly relaxes my senses. And its’ lush and green energizes me. I see them living in beauty. Such admiration I hold since I was a kid.

Part of which is collecting chopsticks. I have all the kinds:

Keero Keeropee

My highschool friend came from Hongkong when we were in highschool and she gave me this! =) This is even older than my son!

My favorite color

Violet! ❤

Made of plastic

This one is a gift from my sister-in-law! ❤




I have lots of red!




With a case

This one I bought from Singapore..
I especially like this because of its’ paua shells ornaments..


Stainless Steel

This one is made of stainless steel and came with a deep purple container, it was given to me by my papa..


I learned to appreciate their food since college since one of our professor used to bring us to this Japanese restaurant a few blocks away from our school. I remember the warmth hospitality shown by the attendants wearing Kimonos.

Reading from Memoirs of a Geisha, it taught me that the designs of those has a story to tell whether it is floral or birds or water or cherry blossoms it has its own interpretation and are dependent on the season.

My cousin recently came from Japan and surprised me with a whole set of authentic chopsticks.

Keeping them with my collection as newest members of the family, and made me realized I had a lot except for something like this which I think is something I could no longer afford.

Courtesy of:

Though my set of collections gives me this happiness as I have gained them through the years, some are gifts, some are bought by me whichever way, I love lookin’ at them and I think I am close enough to do this:

I saw these a few years ago and decided to make my DIY. Though at that time my chopsticks aren’t enough to complete the circle. Now I need a few more (well maybe even more) ahaha!, to be able to do it.

Will I be able to complete this? =)

I guess I have to visit flea stores more often and find some items to complete them. Little did I know that eating with chopstick has an art in it too. And even interpretations. I learned that placing them pointed on the rice bowl is a no no as it means death to the Japanese so since then I try my best to avoid doing it.

T’was also nice to know that here in the Philippines- there are endless Japanese restaurants to choose from. The one in Buendia is Kamameshi. There’s an authentic one somewhere in which my former boss introduced to me. Unlike restaurants that are designed by professionals, their place is just like an old Japanese house. Here are some in our country:

1. SUGI is in the old Greenbelt where I grew up

2. JOHN & YOKO a new take located in Makati and Alabang (I especially like the violet fabrics of the chairs)

3. TERIYAKI BOY is an affordable take when it comes to Japanese cravings

4. SAISAKI the one in Pasay road was an old time favorite

5. AKIRA at Shangri-la mall

6. RED KIMONO in Alabang

7. KIMPURA in front of Landmark, Makati is still standing strong after more than 20 years

8. TEMPURA HAUS in Tacloban

9. ONKEI  in Greenbelt 3

10. FUKUYA in Festival mall (the nearest one for me)

11. SUMOSAM in Shangri-la mall

12.  TATAMI in Serendra

13. KAMAMESHI which we frequent during college

14. IZAKAYA YUCHAN which is a few minutes away from home

And the list goes on and on. =)

Sooner or later I will be able to have my own framed chopstick collection! Can’t wait! Yey! ❤ (–,)

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-An only daughter. A mother of a 22 year old son. Passionate with so many things. A lover of life itself. First of which is to write. Then, sing (I specifically love the stage), read, cook, travel & take beautiful pictures (photography) and scrap booking, all of which are my own way of coping with life's challenges. Lately, I have been enjoying quilting and crafting with beaded fabrics. Friends usually associate me with the color violet. I love this color so much! However, I love pink, red, teal, orange, yellow as well! Coffee is my water and my happy food is cheesecake topped w/ blueberries, frozen yogurt, sansrival and cream puff. I mastered fettuccine carbonara because that is one of my favorite food along w/ broccoli with prawns and mushrooms. Of all the International cuisines, Japanese food is on top of my list. Secretly, I love "Stitch" - that grinning indigo pup. =) Seriously, I dream to become a philanthropist (starting off by providing shelter to street children in our country) and a famous author someday. I'm just waiting for God's time for my first book to be published.- It took me years to decide to blog, more so to write and have it out in the open. I started writing even as a child, I just keep them on file. It was my outlet. Approaching the year(s) they say where life begins, or If I may say, the sweeter life. It was a year full of emotions. As I lost both my parents already, the unfathomable sadness prompted me to pour them out in my writings and share them to the world, hoping it might lighten the heaviness of my heart. I live now with my son as a mother and as a daughter (as a friend and a sister), this has made me be ready to finally do what I am meant to do. Even If there's a lot that I wanted to do. This came first, like a first love that occupied a special place in my heart. It's a looong process, tiring, frustrating, exciting. The best part? is the happiness it brings. Even if things around seems all so wrong. It's like having my own place under the sun. My own safe and happy rainbowed world. At times, there's guilt as well, for I strongly believe, writing (like singing) is a talent God has gifted us. We ought to use it and maximize it, in our littlest way, share it to mankind, for His glory. I just had a few distractions over the years and to realize that it is never too late to be who we ought to be, I have this very strong feeling, now is the time. All my life, I have decided on things that made me happy, this is one of those. I may never be a winner of those best blogs that have been awarded to talented writers/ bloggers and I don't mind, there are strikes of being envious, but according to my father, there are two kinds of being envy. There's envy that is negative, it'll hamper you from doing good and there's an envy that makes you happy for others' success, or seeing yourself in their shoes, I think, the kind of envy in me, is the latter. Like celebrities who missed an Oscar, while the film was watched by the whole world, she/he did not mind, it's like knowing what counts best, and it's the capacity to share your talents to anyone who wants to receive it, without asking anything in return. Expressing what's in my heart and mind on every occasion (which happens to be daily) and being happy about it is like a prize already. Happy reading!(--,)

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